August 2011 - Nido de Aguilas International School of Chile
The International School Nido de Aguilas
(Eagles’ Nest) is committed to offering
each student excellence in the pursuit
of academic achievement in preparation
for attendance at a U.S., Chilean or
other international university, all within
the framework of a challenging U.S.based, English-language curriculum. We
encourage open-mindedness, global
diversity, environmental awareness,
community service and the development
of leadership skills, including integrity,
responsibility and self-discipline. Our
ultimate goal is to provide a well-balanced
education that will help students ensure
their future success.
for 2011 Graduates
Nido de Aguilas
New Faculty 2011
From the Health Unit
Calidad del Aire
Tree Planting At Nido
The IB Diploma
Nido Food Bank
2011 - 2012
Another school year begins! Ahead we have opportunities for excitement, challenge, and achievement.
Our goal is to provide a rich, diverse, and academically challenging learning environment for the over
1600 students attending Nido.
Nido students represent more than 45 countries from around the world. The variety of cultures, languages
and experiences these students bring to the school enrich classroom discussion, foster attitudes of respect
and appreciation for diversity, and illustrate the growing interdependency of nations.
This year we inaugurate a new high quality facility, Nido’s Aquatics Center, that will provide students new
health benefits and entertainment. 21 new teachers from throughout the world join the Nido faculty,
helping to fulfill our mission and educational objectives.
Our cooperative spirit, the sense of belonging that students, staff and parents have towards the school,
the pleasing environment under which Nido functions and the positive expectations that our community
live by, makes Nido a unique inviting school.
FOR 2011 GRADUATES
Congratulations to the class of 2011! Many
of the graduates were accepted to their first or
second choice university in the United Kingdom,
the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates,
Australia, and other countries. The 2011 graduates
that will stay in Chile for further studies may
not know where they will actually attend until
next January, when Chilean universities make
admissions decisions. In addition, Nido graduates
continue to be accepted at highly selective
colleges and universities around the globe:
Brigham Young University, USA
Northeastern University, USA
Ontario College of Art & Design, Canada
New York University, USA
Central Saint Martins, England
Pace University, USA
Chapman University, USA
Santa Monica College, USA
Charles University, USA
St. John’s University, USA
University of Victoria, Canada
Stanford University, USA
Savannah College of Art & Design, USA
Davidson College, USA
University of Toronto, Canada
McGill University, Canada
Concordia University, USA
Dartmouth College, USA
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Emory University, USA
The University of Queensland, Australia
Fordham University, USA
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain
Lehigh University, USA
Delhi College of Engineering, India
IE University, Spain
University of Aarhus, Denmark
University of Chicago, USA
University College of London, England
Lake Forest College, USA
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, México
University of Deusto, Spain
Jacobs University, Germany
University of Idaho, USA
Kenyon College, USA
University of Illinois, USA
Kingston University, Canada
University of Kent, England
University of Melbourne, Australia
University of New Haven, USA
University of Pennsylvania, USA
Marbella Design Academy, Spain
University of South Florida, USA
New York University at Abu Dhabi, UAE
Ludwig-Maximilians University, Germany
Miami International University of Art & Design, USA
The graduates of 2011 were awarded approximately
$1.8 million USD in scholarships including several
students being offered full awards for all four-years
of study. In addition, two students were placed
directly into the second year of university studies
based on their IB diploma results and many more
received advanced standing or university credits
based on IB test results in specific subjects.
Congratulations to our entire Nido community;
your joint contributions help to make Nido an
excellent school, one that produces not only future
academics and leaders, but responsible young
adults who will become positive, contributing
members of society.
College Placement Coordinator
CHECKMATE AT NIDO
Can a chess tournament help redefine the relationship between national and international schools? Last
April, our International School Nido de Aguilas was host to the first ever chess tournament in the Chilean
international school circuit. Nonetheless, and perhaps more than the novelty of it all, the most valuable
characteristic of this effort was its overarching accessibility for schools of all standing (be they private,
public, subsidized, international, etc.).
Organized by the Nido Chess Club, and with the guidance of chess coach Julio Blanco (Social Studies
teacher), the tournament grew out of the initiative of the school administration headed by Dr. Don Bergman
and High School Principals Jared Harris and Scott Mimnaugh, and the interest in promoting an intense
intellectual competition and interaction.
Held at Nido’s campus, the tournament brought
together nine schools (Cragihouse, Mackay, Alianza
Francesa, La Girouette, Mayflower, Redland, Instituto
Nacional, Escuela Industrial San Vicente de Pau, and
Saint Dominic), from around the country, many of
which travelled from other cities to attend. In a
national chess scene dominated largely by men,
Nido also set a precedent with the participation of
three young women, all of whom posed a serious
challenge to even the most weathered attendees.
Participants of all ages and skill took part. It was
not uncommon to see 12th graders struggling
against 8th graders for control of the chessboard.
At the end of the day, the famed Instituto Nacional
walked away with the first prize, followed by Nido in
a surprising and valuable second place.
Beyond the results, this tournament marks one
of the most exciting developments in intellectual
competition among Chilean schools in quite some
time. The importance of this event lies in its role as a
bridge between the various different communities of
Chilean education; it is only on rare occasions that
so many schools from vastly different backgrounds
and languages of instruction come together for a
single occasion. Even more surprising is the fact that
the entire effort was led not by a national, but an
international school. It was a curious but livening
sight to behold the sheer diversity that pervaded
the hall of the tournament on that day. It seems
that chess, the king of all board games, has finally
stepped beyond the board and into an entire model
of education for the better.
In view of its success, Nido de Aguilas is making
preparations to internationalize the tournament,
hoping to bring together schools not only on a
national but a South-American level.
Nido de Aguilas Chess Team: Niccolo Hildengdorf,
Hans Ruff, Alicia Melqar, Chahhat Lakhwani, Constanza
Cornejo, Valentín Melgar, Deeptanshu Kapur, Pratyush
Kapur, Felipe Liao, Nicolás Ikei, Cristóbal Sierra, Diego
Ormeño, Paul May, Sikander Shokeen.
2011 Nido Graduate
NEW NIDO AQUATICS CENTER
LET’S GO SWIMMING!
¡TODOS AL AGUA!
The new Nido Aquatics Center is ready and with it opens a world of water
entertainment and health benefits for elementary, middle and high school
students. Nido is very proud to inaugurate the 2011-2012 school year with
this new facility.
El nuevo Complejo de Natación del Nido está listo y con él se abre un mundo
de entretenciones acuáticas y beneficios para los alumnos de educación
básica y media. Nido está orgulloso de inaugurar el año escolar 2011-2012
con esta moderna instalación.
Its modern and heated facilities include two pools, a 6-lane competition
pool (25 meters long), and a smaller, shallow 10 meter long pool, specially
designed for younger students. It also includes separate dressing rooms for
elementary and middle/high school students, seating for spectators, a nurse/
first aid station, a life guard station, a teachers’ room and the Aquatics
Incluye dos piscinas temperadas: una de competición de 6 pistas, con
medidas estándar (25 metros de largo), y otra menos profunda de 10
metros de largo, especialmente diseñada para los más pequeños. Contempla
camarines separados para los estudiantes de las diferentes divisiones,
graderías para espectadores, una enfermería, una estación de salvavidas,
una sala de profesores y oficina del Director del Complejo.
Initially our focus will be on P. E. classes, as we incorporate swimming, water
safety and other water activities into the Physical Education curriculum. As
the program evolves, we anticipate the creation of a Nido swim Club/Team
and a recreational swimming schedule during evenings and weekends
extended to the Nido community.
Inicialmente el foco se centrará en las clases de educación física, en las
que incorporaremos natación, seguridad en el agua y otras actividades
recreativas. A medida que el programa avance, crearemos el Club de
Natación Nido y abriremos un horario para natación recreativa durante las
tardes y fines de semana, extensivo a la comunidad Nido.
The facility incorporates 144 solar panels on the roof to heat the water of
the pool and showers.
El Complejo incorpora 144 paneles solares en el techo, para calentar el agua
de la piscina y duchas.
Nidos’s New Aquatics Center Director
Nuevo Director Complejo de Natación
Dave Coté is Nido’s new Aquatics Center Director, and will be
responsible for coordinating the swimming programs -both regular
physical education classes and after school swimming programs- along
with the respective PE teachers. He will also be responsible for day to
day pool operations.
Dave Coté es el nuevo Director del Complejo, quien será responsable de
coordinar los programas de Natación -tanto para las clases regulares de
educación física como las extra programáticas- en conjunto con los respectivos
profesores de educación física. También será responsable de las operaciones
diarias de la piscina.
He comes from Montreal, Canada, and has a very interesting background
and experience in water safety, water sports and health education.
Viene de Montréal, Canadá, y tiene un interesante conocimiento y experiencia
en seguridad en el agua, deportes acuáticos y Educación Física y Salud.
SWIM PROGRAMS AND SWIMSUIT POLICY
All kindergarten 2 to grade 12 P.E. clases will participate in swimming
as part of the physical education curriculum. Only students who
present a medical certificate may be exempted from this activity.
Students are required to buy bathing suits in accordance with the
Swimsuits Policy and specifications detailed below:
One piece sport swimsuit of 100% nylon, lycra, or combination of
nylon/lycra. Must be free of buttons and jeweled accessories and shall
have a modest cut and style, and a strap around the neck or over both
shoulders. Lycra rash swim shirts may also be worn if desired. The
material is the same as a regular swimsuit, and the shirts don’t restrict
swimming movements (see photos of the accepted models, including
full coverage suits for those who prefer a more conservative style for
personal or religious reasons).
Bathing suits for boys should be 100% nylon and have a mesh lining.
Should be snug at the waist and not be longer than the knees. Lycra
T-shirts may also be worn (see pictures of the accepted models).
Aquatics Instructor Lucero Supplee & Aquatics Director Dave Coté
Avoid white or light color bathing suits.
Keep bathing suits clean and tidy. Each student is responsible for
washing his or hers every day. Wet bathing suits may not be left
in the pool, dressing rooms or gym.
Bring a towel to each swim class.
Bathing caps may be required for some activities.
The use of water goggles is optional.
Sample brands for swimwear: Inus, Speedo, Arena, Yangma, TYR,
Yoma, or similar local brands.
Brands suggested for swimming shorts (with liners) and board
shorts: Ripcurl, Quicksilver, O’Neill, Speedo or similar local brands.
STUDENTS SWIMWEAR APPROVAL
The Aquatic Director and Physical Education teachers will determine
whether the swimsuit of each student is appropriate or not.
PROGRAMAS DE NATACIÓN Y POLÍTICA DE TRAJE DE BAÑO
Todos los alumnos desde K2 a 12º Grado, participarán de las
clases de natación como parte del curriculum de Educación Física,
pudiendo excusarse sólo quienes presenten un certificado médico
que los exima de esta actividad.
Se les solicita comprar trajes de baño de acuerdo a la Política de
Trajes de Baño y especificaciones detalladas a continuación:
Trajes de baño de una pieza de 100% nylon, lycra, o combinación
de nylon/lycra. No podrán tener botones, ni accesorios y deberán
tener un corte y estilo modesto, y un bretel alrededor del cuello
o sobre ambos hombros. También podrán usar poleras de lycra.
Son del mismo material de los trajes de baño y no restringen los
movimientos (ver fotos de los modelos aceptados, incluyendo
trajes de cobertura total para aquellos que prefieren un estilo más
conservador por razones personales o religiosas).
Los trajes de baño de los niños deberán ser 100% nylon y con forro
de malla. Deberá quedar ajustado a la cintura y no ser más largo
que las rodillas. También podrán usar poleras de lycra (ver fotos de
los modelos aceptados).
Evitar los trajes de baño blancos o de colores claros.
Mantener los trajes de baño limpios y ordenados. Cada alumno
es responsable de lavar el suyo diariamente. No está permitido
dejar trajes de baño mojados en los camarines de la piscina o
Traer una toalla a cada clase.
Los gorros de baño podrán ser requeridos para algunas
actividades.Uso opcional de anteojos de agua.
Marcas sugeridas para trajes de baño: Inus, Speedo, Arena,
Yangma, TYR, Yoma, u otras similares.
Marcas sugeridas de shorts de baño (con forros) y shorts de
tabla: Ripcurl, Quicksilver, O’Neill, Speedo, u otras similares.
APROBACIÓN TRAJES DE BAÑO ALUMNOS
El Director Acuático y los profesores de Educación Física determinarán
si el traje de baño de cada alumno es apropiado o no.
NEW FACULTY 2011
This year 21 new teachers from throughout the world join the Nido faculty,
helping to fulfill our mission and educational objectives. They bring expertise
and experience to enrich Nido’s educational programs.
K-12 National Program Spanish
Coordinator /HS Spanish
Paz is Chilean and is currently undertaking a
Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Evaluation at
the Universidad del Desarrollo. She holds a Degree
in Curriculum and Evaluation, from the same
university, a teaching degree in Spanish Language
Arts, and a degree in Journalism from the Pontificia
Universidad Católica de Chile.
For the past 5 years she has been the Coordinator
of the Spanish Language Arts Department at The
Southern Cross School, where she has prepared
students to take the SIMCE and PSU exams. At
the same time she has also served as a Spanish
consultant for different schools and has provided
She has been the General Editor for the Chilean
Ministry of Education’s website (Mineduc.cl)
Early Childhood Center
of the RIS Swimming and Tennis Academies, and
taught Science, Physical and Health Education and
Pre-School to grade 12 Aquatics. At the same school
he was Head Coach for Varsity Girls’ Soccer, Varsity
Water Polo, JV Boys’ Soccer, Under 15 Boys’ Soccer,
JV Boys’ Softball, Varsity Boys’ Softball, JV and
Varsity Swim Team.
Previously, he taught 10th grade Biology, 9th grade
Health & Development and Physical & Health
Education at Colegio Americano, Los Viñedos,
In June 2004 he organized and set up the aquatics
facility and entire meet manager database for the
swimming component of the Asian Games 2004:
Swimming, RIS Swiss, Bangkok, Thailand.
He is the recipient of the Medal of Bravery from
the Prime Minister of Bermuda for rescues during
tropical storms on the Bermuda Surf & Rescue Team.
He is fluent in Spanish and French. He is married and
has 2 children.
LUCERO SUPPLEE PACHECO
Dave comes from Montréal, Canada. He holds an
Honors Specialist degree in Physical and Health
Education, a Bachelor of Education with Majors in
Science and Physical and Health Education, and
a Bachelor of Science (Major in Biology), all from
Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.
For the past eight years he worked at the Ruamrudee
International School in Thailand, where he was the
Aquatics Director, Athletic Director and founder
Lucero is from Venezuela. She holds a teaching
degree in Physical Education from Universidad
Pedagógica Experimental Libertador, Instituto
Pedagógico de Caracas (UPEL-IPC), Caracas,
She was an Aquatics instructor at the International
School Campo Alegre, Caracas, Venezuela, where
she taught elementary after school swimming. She
has also been a Physical Education Coordinator for
the Venezuela Ministry of Sports and an Executive
Member of the Venezuela Surf Federation.
For more than a decade she was an athlete on the
Venezuela National Surf Team (1988-2004) and is
certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
She is also a musician, singer for several bands
with musical genres including salsa, jazz, mariachi
Lucero is married to Kurt Supplee, who teaches HS
Physics at Nido, and they have a seven month old
Elliott is from Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a Master of
Arts in Teaching from Brenau University, Gainsville,
Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English
Literature from Georgia State University, Atlanta,
Georgia. For the past two years he was an English
teacher at Little Da Vinci International School in
Atlanta, Georgia, where he created and implemented
curriculum for preschool age students. Prior to that
he was Program Director at FIO306 in Atlanta,
Georgia, where he was responsible for implementing
curriculum across three age levels. He has also been
an assistant teacher at Atlanta International School
and a Multimedia English Instructor at Nova Group in
Osaka, Japan for one year.
His hobbies include: music (advanced proficiency in
guitar, bass, and drums), hiking, photography and
culinary arts. He is married to Renea Bartlett, who
is the ESL (English as a Second Language) Reading
Specialist at Nido.
Jon is from Houston, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of
Arts in Elementary Education from Quincy University
and is currently completing an M.B.A. in Global and
Comparative Education through Lehigh University.
He taught Kindergarten and was Yearbook
Supervisor for the past three years at Dalian
American International School in Dalian, China.
Prior to that he taught Kindergarten at Stratford
Academy, Palo Alto Campus, California.
He has been an NCAA Division 2 Basketball player,
is a freelance photographer for Outdoor Magazine
and National Geographic, holds a Wilderness First
Responder certificate and is a graduate of National
Outdoor Leadership School.
Texas.She is a Member of the Phi-Lambda Theta
Honors Educators Society.
MS Assistant Principal
ESL Reading Specialist
Renea is from Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Master
of Arts in Reading, Language and Literacy from
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, and
a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.
She taught ESOL (K-5) at the International Community
School in Decatur, Georgia. Prior to that, she was
a Clinician at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
in Duluth, Georgia, where she provided one-onone reading processes instruction to students with
learning difficulties. She has also been an English
teacher at the Koriyama City Board of Education in
Koriyama City, Japan, for one year.
She was awarded the “2010 Outstanding Master’s
of Arts in Teaching Student in ESOL” from Georgia
She is married to Elliott Pope, who teaches
Kindergarten II at Nido.
Andrea is from California. She holds a Master of
Arts (Dean’s List -4.0/4.0 Grade Point Average)
from New York University, New York, a Bachelor of
Science from the University of Wisconsin, and spent
a semester abroad in the spring of 1999 at the
Spanish American Institute, Seville, Spain.
For the past eight years she has been a second and
third grade classroom teacher at Public School 29,
Brooklyn, New York.
Professional development and leadership activities
she has been involved in include: selected to
participate in the Columbia University Teachers
College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP)
Leadership Group; mentored new teachers to
provide guidance and feedback on lesson planning,
classroom management and classroom organization;
served as Literacy Leader to develop and evaluate
integrated reading and writing goals; and led a
series of math and literacy workshops to provide
parents with first hand curriculum experience.
Ivan is from Toronto, Canada. He holds a Masters of
Education from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor
of Education (Intermediate-Senior, Physical Education,
French) from Queen’s University, both in Canada.
He comes from Mont’ Kiara International School in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he was the Assistant
Principal for grades 6-12 for the past 3 years. Prior
to that, he was the Athletic Director at the American
School of Guatemala and the Athletic Director at the
George Washington School in Cartagena, Colombia.
His coaching experience includes Varsity Boys’
Volleyball, Varsity Badminton, Varsity Boys’ Soccer,
Junior Varsity Girls’ Soccer, Junior Varsity Girls’
Basketball, and Junior Varsity Boys’ Volleyball.
Ivan is fluent in both Spanish and French. He is married
to Kate Harvey, who is the Middle School Counselor at
Nido and they have two children.
ANA MARIA TAPIA
Ana María is Chilean and has just returned to Chile
after many years teaching in the U.S. She holds a
Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
and Educational Administration from Concordia
University, Texas, and a Bachelor of Science in
Liberal Arts from Excelsior College.
She was a bilingual Elementary Lead Teacher for ESL
students at Stephens Elementary School, Houston,
Texas. Prior to that she was a bilingual third grade
teacher of Language Arts, Math, Social Studies,
Science to ESL students at Palm Elementary School
in Austin, Texas, and Language Arts and Math
Interventionist at Alief School District, Houston,
Bernardita is Chilean. She holds a High School
Teaching degree (minor in Spanish) from the
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a
Master’s degree in Literature (minor in Literary
Theory) from the Universidad de Chile.
She has taught the modules of “Función
Pedagógica de la Evaluación” and “Diseño y
Construcción de Instrumentos de Evaluación” for
the career of “Diplomado en Medición y Evaluación
de Aprendizajes” (Degree in Learning Assessment
She has also taught middle school Spanish
Language Arts at Colegio Pucalán Montessori and
Colegio Santa Catalina de Siena, where she was
also grade level teacher for grades 7 and 10.
Kate is from Greenwich, Connecticut. She holds a
Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University
of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, a Master of
Arts in Teaching from Trinity College, Washington, D.C.,
and a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major, from Villanova
University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.
She comes from Mont’ Kiara International School in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she did a one-year
Counseling internship, working with students from
grades 6-12. Prior to that she was a fifth grade teacher
for two years at the same school, where she also served
on the Leadership Council as the Head of the 5th grade
team. She established the Elementary Recycling Program
and Earth Awareness Week.
Previously, she taught Middle School Life Skills at the
American School of Guatemala, where she was the
Human Growth and Development liaison for school
curriculum alignment. She has also taught sixth grade
at George Washington School in Cartagena, Colombia.
Her coaching experience includes Varsity Girls Soccer at
Mont’ Kiara International School, Middle School Girls’
Soccer at the American School of Guatemala and Varsity
Girls’ Soccer at George Washington School.
Having been immersed in the Latin American culture
for 6 years, she speaks Spanish. She is married to Ivan
Velasco, who is the Middle School Assistant Principal at
Nido. They have two children.
6th grade Science/Math
KATHERINE (KATIE) COLEMAN
8th grade Math
Katie is from Melbourne, Florida. She holds a Master
of Arts in Mathematics Education from the University
of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, and a Bachelor
of Science in Business from Florida State University,
Tallahassee, Florida. She is certified to teach
Mathematics (grades 5-9) and Business Education
At Melbourne High School, Melbourne, Florida,
she taught Accounting, Business and Finance
Technology, Algebra 1 and Geometry. She also served
as the Ambassador for the Academy of Business and
Finance at the same school. She coached Track and
Field, Junior Varsity Cheerleading and served as
sponsor for Future Business Leaders of America.
She enjoys running, biking, swimming and belongs
to the World Adult Kickball Association.
ELIZABETH (BETH) YATES
8th grade English/Social Studies
Beth comes from Columbia, Missouri. She holds a
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and
a Bachelor of Science (Secondary Education, English
Emphasis), both from the University of MissouriColumbia, Columbia, Missouri.
For the past 9 years she was an 8th grade
Communication Arts, Yearbook and Drama Teacher
at Southern Boone County School District, where she
created the Character Development curriculum for daily
advisory class, was Advisor for the Writing Club, Coach
for Boy’s Track and published the yearbook. She has
also been a guest speaker on Differentiated Instruction
at Columbia College and completed a Technology
Leadership Academy course during the summer of
She served on the Board of the Columbia Multisport
Club, where she has been a member since 2000. She
has cast for roles in local theatre plays A Midsummer
Night’s Dream, Proof, The Laramie Project and When the
Reaper Calls (2006-2007). She was a National Poetry
Slam competitor for performance poetry in 2004.
Amy is from New York City, New York. She holds a
Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from The
City College of New York, New York, and a Bachelor
of Science in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State
University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
She has worked at the Collegiate School, New York,
New York, since 2004 teaching grade 8 Physical
Science, grade 10 Earth Science, and grades 10-12 AP
Environmental Science. She has coached the Science
Olympiad and organized and led student trips to
the Galapagos Islands, Ireland and The Netherlands.
Administrative experience at the same school includes:
Co-Head of the Science Department for grades 7-12,
Director of Community Service for grades 9-12, and
Grade 8 Dean, organizing and leading all class activities,
field trips and an extended trip to Washington, D.C.
Previously, she taught HS Integrated Science at Bentley
School, Lafayette, California, where she also was
Grade 9 Class Advisor. She has also been the Head of
Science and taught International Baccalaureate (IB)
Environmental Systems (grades 11 and 12), and 7th
grade Pre-Algebra at Dwight School, New York, New
York, where she was the founder and instructor of
Costa Rica Outdoor Adventure Program leading grade
9-12 student trips to Costa Rica to learn about Tropical
Biology and Ecology.
She has served as the Site Director for the Marine Sciences
Program at the Center for Talented Youth, Baltimore,
Maryland in 2009, and participated in an independent
research in Biomedical Engineering Lab at Columbia
University’s Summer Research Program in 2006.
She has been the recipient of Educator Fellowship
Award from Earthwatch Institute twice: by volunteering
for two-week expeditions studying cheetahs and
other predators at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in
Namibia in 2010 and studying dolphins and whales of
Abaco Island, Bahamas in 2008.
She enjoys running, photography and baking.
ELIZABETH (ELI) TIMMS
complete a Certificate of International Teaching
through the Teacher Training Center in London, U.K.,
She comes from Dalian American International School
in Dalian, China, where she taught High School
Social Studies for the past 3 years. Prior to that, she
taught 8th grade History at the Chadwick School in
Palos Verdes, California and High School History at
Episcopal High School in Houston, Texas.
Her areas of expertise include integration of
technology in classroom instruction and she speaks
Shannon is from Seattle, Washington. She holds
a Master of Arts in Teaching (Major in Secondary
Education, English Concentration) from Boston
University, Boston, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor
of Arts (Major in English) from Gonzaga University,
She most recently taught High School English at
Cairo American College in Egypt, served as a Student
Advisor for the IB Extended Essay, led students on
service courses to Thailand and the Philippines, served
as Class Advisor for 9th and 10th grade students,
supervised student community service projects in
Cairo, and served as Head of the Language Arts
Vertical Alignment Team.
Prior to that she taught English at Holy Names
Academy in Seattle Washington, where she also
prepared students for the verbal section of the SAT
exam. Previously she taught English classes at North
Andover High School in North Andover, Massachusetts.
Her personal interests include reading the top 100
novels of the 20th century (she has read 83 so far),
swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, running, and
HS Social Studies
HS Mandarin Chinese
Elizabeth is from Houston, Texas. She holds a Bachelor
of Arts in History and Spanish from Claremont
McKenna College, Claremont, California, and will
Alan comes from Beijing, China. He holds a Bachelor of
Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing
Language and Culture University, Beijing, China.
For the past four years he taught Chinese Language
and Culture at the International School in Hangzhou,
China. Prior to that he taught Chinese Language
and Culture at the Shinny Way Language Institute in
Hangzhou, China, and served as Officer and Test Scorer
at the Chinese Proficiency Test Center (HSK Center),
Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing
China. He was also a teaching assistant for a Summer
Chinese class through Columbia University and Beijing
Language and Culture University in Beijing, China.
Alan has been the recipient of the following awards:
National Scholarship of China for academic year 20052006 and was the champion of the University-Wide
Debate Competition at Beijing Language and Culture
University in 2004.
THOMAS (TOM) FLANAGAN
Tom comes from Chicago, Illinois. He holds a
Master’s of Education degree from the University
of Notre Dame, Indiana, where he was a teacher
assistant for the Biostatistics class. He was
an Education grant recipient and member of
AmeriCorps Education and National Service
Awards Program. He also holds a Bachelor
of Science in Science Business from the same
university, where he was selected as Notre Dame
Scholar in 1999.
He has been teaching 9th grade Biology at New
Trier High School in Northfield, Illinois since 2006,
where he also was a member of the Science
Department Steering Committee and served as a
new Teacher Mentor. He has coached Boys’ Soccer,
has been a Science Olympiad Assistant Coach,
and has been an ACT Exam Preparation Course
Previously, he taught AP Biology, 9th grade Biology,
Health, and Physical Education at Pinecrest
Academy in Cumming, Georgia, where he was
also assistant Girls Varsity Basketball coach. At
Saint Joseph Academy, in Brownsville, Texas, he
taught 9th grade Biology, 10th grade Chemistry,
11th grade Physics and 7th grade Physical Science.
He participated in the Toyota International Teacher
Program from 2008-2010, when he was one of
thirty teachers selected from a national pool of
applicants to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos
Islands to study the unique ecosystems and
conservation efforts of the Galapagos.
He was a teacher and chaperone for Costa Rica
EcoAdventure Program, during the summers of
2008 and 2010.
He speaks Spanish and is married to Erin Flanagan,
who teaches High School Biology at Nido.
Erin comes from Chicago, Illinois. She holds a
Master’s degree in Education from the University of
Notre Dame, Indiana, and a Bachelor of Science in
Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside,
Wisconsin, where she graduated cum laude, and
was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award (single
most outstanding graduate). She attended all
four years on a University cross country and track
scholarship. She is also a College Board approved
Advanced Placement Biology teacher.
For the past 5 years she taught Advanced Placement,
Honors and regular Biology at Downers Grove North
High School in Downers Grove Illinois, where she
was also an assistant coach for Varsity Girls’ Cross
Country and Varsity Girls’ Track.
Previously, she taught Biology to grades 9 and 10
and Honors Algebra II to grade 10 at Our Lady of
Mercy Catholic High School in Fairburn, Georgia.
In 2010 she worked with Ecology Projects
International to assist with Leatherback Sea Turtle
conservation at the Pascuare Nature Reserve in
She has been the recipient of the following honors
and awards: “Academic All-American” by NCAA
Division II for both Track and Cross Country.
She is married to Tom Flanagan, who teaches HS
Science at Nido.
Caroline comes from Manchester, New Hampshire.
She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (Major in
History) from Tufts University, Massachusetts and
a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Medieval Studies)
from Connecticut College, Connecticut, where she
graduated Magna Cum Laude.
For the past 5 years she has taught 9th and 10th
grade History and 11th and 12th grade Social Studies
electives at The Derryfield School, Manchester, New
Hampshire, where she was also the Advisor to
Operation Smile, Dance Club, Euro Challenge, and
Read and Feed Club (Current Event Club), she was the
9th grade Lead Class Advisor, led and
planned international trips to China,
France, Germany, and The Netherlands. She coached
Junior Varsity Women’s Field Hockey, Basketball and
Previously, she was the Director of English Programs
at Mamoun International Corporation in Damascus,
Syria, where she managed the English programs at
five language centers (1,000 teachers and students).
She has also been a Presidential Intern at the Center
for Adult and Continuing Education at the American
University in Cairo, Egypt, where she assisted the
Dean of Adult and Continuing Education to establish
educational partnerships in the community. She was
an intern at the Museum of Antiquities, University of
Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
She has participated in a five-part seminar on Modern
China at the Five College Center for East Asia Studies,
She speaks Italian, Arabic and Latin.
Meredith comes from Boston, Massachusetts. She
has completed a Graduate Coursework in Teaching
Mathematics at Harvard University, Harvard Extension
School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
from the University of California, Santa Cruz, California.
For the past seven years she has taught HS
Mathematics at Boston Public Schools, Boston,
Massachusetts. She toured Japan with 14 other
Boston public high school teachers as part of a grant
from the U.S.-Japan Foundation to develop and deliver
lessons that integrate aspects of Japan’s history,
economy, educational system, and/or culture into the
curriculum. She has taught SAT exam prep courses, has
tutored in Advanced Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus, AP
Calculus and AP Statistics. She led a group of students
to Honduras to renovate a school and build a house
for a community in need, has co-founded and advised
the Social Justice Club, has coached High School Girls’
Varsity Soccer, and has chaperoned the snowboarding
She has traveled to the Dominican Republic as a
Pi Society/Fund for Teachers Fellow to explore the
connections between mathematics and microfinance
in San Pedro, as well as to improve Spanish language
skills through intensive private lessons at a language
school in Santo Domingo.
Previously, she taught 8th grade Mathematics at Ware
High School in Ware, Massachusetts.
She has coached Soccer, Skiing/Snowboarding, and
Track & Field. Other interests and activities include:
hiking, drama/costumes/sets/lighting, SAT prep and
review and community service.
FROM THE HEALTH UNIT
The Health Unit welcomes all new and returning students and families to
the 2011-2012 school year.
him/her. This will also reduce the risk of other students contracting the
We would like to share the following important information:
The most important meal of the day is BREAKFAST. This will improve
children’s energy level and thinking skills in the classroom and avoid undue
headaches and stomach complaints.
Miss Claudia de Petris, Miss Claudia Quirland and Miss Melanie Mortimore
are the three school nurses available in the Main Health Unit Office every
day from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. They are also on duty during school special
events such as the Kermess, Fiesta Huasa and Graduation.
Miss Viviana Vergara is the After School Activity Nurse and she is available
for all sporting activities in the afternoons and saturdays. The company
PulsaChile provides us with personnel (paramedics, doctors or therapists)
for all sporting activities and big tournaments scheduled on Saturdays.
Please notify the Health Unit if your child has any contagious disease so we
can take precautions for other students. Also notify us when you change
your phone number or if you are going to be out of the country, so we know
who will be responsible for your child.
Please DO NOT send your child to school if he/she is sick (fever, vomiting,
diarrhea) because it is very likely that we will call you to come and collect
The nurses would like to remind you that every Nido student is covered
by Clínica Las Condes Accident Insurance (Emergency Room - Convenio
Escolar). This covers any accident of a traumatic nature, 24 hours a day,
throughout the calendar year. Feel free to contact them for additional
IF YOU NEED TO CONTACT THEM FOR ANY GENERAL
HEALTH CONCERN, INFORMATION OR NOTIFICATION YOU
CAN CALL THEM AT 339-8140 OR SEND THEM AN EMAIL
TO [email protected] OR EVEN BETTER COME AND
Left to right: Viviana Vergara, Melanie Mortimore, Claudia Quirland & Claudia de Petris.
CALIDAD DEL AIRE
THAT DAILY AIR
During winter Santiago can suffer from poor air
quality. Between May and August the bad air
circulation results in the accumulation of particulate
material in the air.
SESMA -Metropolitan Environmental Health Service -is
the governmental agency responsible for monitoring
air quality in the Santiago metropolitan area and
for determining, on a daily basis, if it’s necessary to
restrict vehicle circulation or other contaminants. The
Ministry of Education uses these reports to decide if
additional actions should be taken.
Air quality is monitored in a number of locations
and city districts, and a composite of these readings
determines if one of the three air quality levels used
by the government is in effect: alert /pre-emergency /
Fortunately, Nido is located where the air is often less
polluted and on many days, the worst air pollution
does not reach Nido until afternoon. In checking with
other schools (The Grange, Craighouse, Santiago
College and Lincoln Academy), each uses its own
discretion and procedures on air alert days.
In order to maintain as normal a schedule as possible,
while taking appropriate health precautions for
our students and staff, Nido uses the following
three level protocols in response to air quality
alerts communicated by the government officials in
Level 1 (Alert Level)
All classes and after school activities shall proceed as
scheduled (students may be excused from outdoor
physical education and after school activities if
requested by parents).
Cancellation of ALL OUTDOOR after school
activities and possible suspension of outdoor
physical education classes depending on time of
day and local conditions at Nido (students will
be excused from physical education classes if
requested by parents).
School shall be closed and all classes and activities
cancelled (if declared by government officials prior
to 7:30 am when most children arrive at school).
In cases where children are already at school
and classes are conducted, all physical education
outdoor classes and after school activities will be
ESE AIRE NUESTRO
DE CADA DÍA
Durante el invierno Santiago sufre de mala
calidad del aire. Entre mayo y agosto, la escasa
ventilación de nuestra cuenca provoca el
estancamiento de material particulado en el
El SESMA -Servicio de Salud Metropolitano del
Ambiente- es la entidad reponsable de monitorear
la calidad del aire en el área metropolitana, para
determinar a diario si es necesario establecer
restricciones para vehículos u otros elementos
contaminantes. El Ministerio de Educación toma
estos informes y define si es preciso tomar medidas
adicionales en los colegios.
La calidad del aire se monitorea en varios lugares y
comunas de la ciudad, y una composición de estas
mediciones determina si se declara alguno de los
tres niveles usados por el gobierno: alerta/ preemergencia/ emergencia.
Afortunadamente, en la zona donde está ubicado
Nido, el aire generalmente se encuentra menos
contaminado que en otras áreas y muchas veces la
peor contaminación no alcanza a Nido sino hasta la
tarde. Al consultar con otros colegios (The Grange,
Craighouse, Santiago College y Lincoln Academy),
cada uno usa su propia discreción y procedimientos
con respecto a los días de alerta ambiental.
Para mantener un programa de actividades lo más
normal posible, pero tomando las precauciones
apropiadas para los alumnos y profesores, Nido
utilizará el siguiente protocolo de 3 niveles como
respuesta a las alertas ambientales comunicadas por
las autoridades gubernamentales en Santiago.
Nivel 1 (Nivel de Alerta)
Todas las clases y actividades extra programáticas
continuarán tal como estén programadas (si el
apoderado lo solicita, el alumno puede no asistir a
las clases de educación física y actividades que se
desarrollen al aire libre).
Nivel 2 (Nivel de Pre-Emergencia)
Cancelación de TODA actividad que se desarrolle al
AIRE LIBRE después de clases y posible suspensión de
las clases de educación física que se desarrollen al aire
libre, dependiendo de la hora del día y las condiciones
locales en Nido (si el apoderado lo solicita, el alumno
puede no asistir a las clases de educación física).
Nivel 3 (Emergencia)
El colegio permanecerá cerrado y se cancelarán todas
las clases y actividades (si fuera declarado por las
autoridades gubernamentales antes de las 7:30 am
cuando la mayoría de los niños llegan al colegio). En
los casos en que los niños ya hayan llegado al colegio
y las clases estén en desarrollo, se cancelarán todas
las clases de educación física y las actividades extra
TREE PLANTING AT NIDO
Reforestation is a great way to appreciate the
privileged location of our school and a meaningful
way to support our commitment to improving the
At the foothills of the Andes one can find the
Sclerophyllous Forest. Sclerophyllous comes from
the Greek sclero (hard) and phyllon (leaf) which
includes the Quillayes and Peumos trees. This past
semester a total of 250 trees of these two species
were planted on our campus by students from Prekinder to grade 12.
Reforesting our hills with native species yields
many benefits including: reduction of CO2, erosion
control, scenic/aesthetic value, habitat for species of
fauna, and my favorite one - having students from
Pre-kinder to grade 12 (with dirt on their hands and
smiles on their faces) be part of the unique event of
planting a small tree that they will see grow through
their days at Nido.
Kudos to the PTA for their support of this valuable,
Many thanks to: CONAF, Cultiva Chile, and the staff
from Nido’s Buildings & Grounds.
To all the hard working students and teachers from:
Early Childhood, Elementary School (grades 1-5), the
Middle School House program and the High School
CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) program.
P.S.: On August 27 we will have the High School CAS
kickoff activity where we will be planting another
200 native species trees on campus!
Outdoor Education Coordinator
THE IB DIPLOMA
Education is one of the greatest challenges that internationally mobile
families face, a challenge that becomes particularly significant as adolescents
approach the time to apply to colleges and universities. The International
Baccalaureate (IB) was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland as a
two-year Diploma Program to prepare students for university entrance in
their countries of origin. Today, the IB has expanded its aims to include
intercultural understanding and, in the words of its Mission Statement, the
development of “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who
help to create a better and more peaceful world”, goals that are especially
meaningful to our own multicultural community.
Nido de Aguilas adopted the IB Diploma Program in 1982, being the third
school in Chile and the 233rd school in the world to become accredited by
the IB. This challenging program requires students to take two-year courses
in six areas of study, as portrayed in the IB Diploma Hexagon, three of which
are taken at the regular high school level (Standard Level) and three taken
at introductory college level (Higher Level). Students must also complete
the core components, by taking a Theory of Knowledge course, writing an
independent research project (Extended Essay), and completing 18 months
of creativity, action and service hours (CAS).
After an initial cohort of 24 students applying for the IB Diploma in 1984,
numbers of IB Diploma students at Nido de Aguilas fluctuated for many
years. Nonetheless, starting in 2006 a clear trend of increasing enrolment
began to be observed, culminating with 49 candidates registered for the
full IB Diploma in 2011, a total of 89 students sitting IB exams and 48% of
our seniors obtaining the IB Diploma. In spite of significant growth in the
number of students participating in the IB program, Nido results remain
high and well above world averages in the majority of the subject exams.
The IB Diploma confers many advantages to our students. It offers them
a complete, holistic education, grounded in the real world by their
participation in CAS activities. It develops critical thinking skills through
Theory of Knowledge that students must apply in their Extended Essay. As
the most challenging course of studies offered at Nido de Aguilas, it also
opens a world of opportunities to our students, as colleges and universities
around the globe recognize the IB Diploma as a program of excellence.
Some students who graduate from Nido with the IB Diploma are often
given advanced placement, others obtain credit for the HL subjects they
have taken, and some even receive sophomore standing in college, but all
leave school fully prepared for whatever academic challenge awaits them
IB Diploma program is growing!
For more information on the IB Program, contact the High School Counseling
Office at 339-8122.
Communication is everywhere. Everything we do communicates, whether we
intend to or not. Words, gestures, signals, sounds, images… On a daily basis we
create and interpret messages, but we don’t always take the time to see how
effectively we communicate.
Since July 1st, Nido has a new Communications Officer to help address its
growing communications needs: Camila Arrigorriaga De Frutos. She’ll be
responsible for establishing and maintaining ongoing public, school community,
alumni, and media communications and marketing that promotes the Nido
mission, raises the profile of the school as a leader in education and community
service, and provides information required to measure constituency opinions
and identify future needs. Under the direction of the Headmaster, she will serve
as the school’s media communications coordinator.
Camila is a Journalist and holds a Bachelor in Social Media Communications from
Universidad Andres Bello. She also has a Bachelor in Corporate Communications
from Universidad Católica de Chile.
She has worked in the Communications field since 1997, directing and
participating in the communication plans of several companies. For the past
year she was head of communications at Fundación Artesanías de Chile, which
is part of the foundation network led by the Chilean First Lady.
She was a senior consultant at Equilibria Consultores and Tironi y Asociados,
and worked in Codelco Chile in the Organizational Communications Division,
a position she left to move to Barcelona, Spain for two years. She is a current
contributor to Editorial Televisa.
CAMILA’S OFFICE IS LOCATED IN THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION
BUILDING. SHE CAN BE REACHED AT THE PHONE NUMBER
339-8198 OR EMAIL [email protected]
THE NIDO FOOD BANK
NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The Nido Food Bank is a community service Group within the International
School Nido de Águilas fighting for a better life for underprivileged people. It is
dedicated to the Collection of 300 thousand food cans of non-perishable goods
for the 16th of October, the International World Food Day.
With the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) they have
scheduled a grand event to break the world record of the largest canned-food
structure ever created. We encourage everyone to help by donating food cans
in our food bin located at the school entrance and by making donations in the
many school events where they are present.
FOR SPECIAL DONATIONS CONTACT EXEQUIEL MANBOR
THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
NIDO DE AGUILAS
Phone: (56-2) 339-8100
Fax: (56-2) 339-8105
Email: [email protected]
Casilla 162, Correo la Dehesa, Lo Barnechea